These local businesses have answered the Call to Assist by providing necessary supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Byers' Choice has been making fabric masks for Doylestown Hospital and the related retirement communities. Included in this, the hospital has provided them with special material that makes the masks as effective as N95 masks.
4355 County Line Rd, Chalfont, PA 18914 | 215-822-6700 | www.byerschoice.com
It was an unseasonably warm Saturday in early March. This often meant a good day at the store. I own a small gifting boutique in Newtown, PA called Adorn Me. It’s a wonderful little town that can take you back in time. You walk into the hardware store and think its 1950. Church bells echo throughout town. I am on a first name basis with our postal carrier - she even shops at our store. There is so much more.
We opened six years ago and have done OK. Enough to stay open during the reign of Amazon. l always provide superior customer service and genuinely want our customers to leave feeling good. This seems to be a lost art and I genuinely believe it remains the reason for our success. I have made many true friends because of it. My family supported me from day one. And that’s what this story is about.
By Monday we were closed. Shutdown! It did not seem real. My first impulse was to stay open. We would not survive otherwise. But the Government was now running the show. I ceded all control. At least that is what I thought. This is where my wonderful nephew comes in. His name is Seth and if we survive, he gets much of the credit. Seth and I went for a bike ride and sat atop a hill where he convinced me to build a website. “Put the store online”, he said. He would build it for me and have it up and running in a week. “He would hand me the keys after that.” And he did. Even so, the idea was daunting. I am not a tech person.
Seth really is a renaissance man, and among other things, he has a beautiful handmade furniture business. I urge anyone reading this to check out his craft – vitanovacollective.com. After Seth graduated from college, he set out to be a teacher. He substituted for a few years but could not get a full-time job. He would have been a great teacher. Since then, everything he has done is self-taught. Furniture and websites are just a few things he does well.
He said I needed to do one thing, “take great photographs of our products.” That would distinguish us from other websites. “Build a light-box, and just use your cell phone camera.” That’s it. That was my task. “Wait, what? A light-box?” For the non-photographers, like me, it is literally a box, lined in white that isolates the subject. Oh you can buy a professional one, but shipping could take weeks. I crafted a makeshift one from a cardboard box and it works. Taking photographs turned out to be a tedious task. Hundreds of hours were required. As I write this, we have taken over 500 photographs with many more to come.
This is where my best customer Diane comes in. She and her husband own Shelmet Plumbing. Toll Brothers is their biggest client. Toll Brothers was shut down in Pennsylvania. Diane offered to help stage and take photographs with me. She spent countless hours with me. I could not have done it without her. She is no longer my best customer, but one of my best friends.
Anyone who operates a website will tell you it becomes a full-time job – especially at the outset. This was a blessing because I now had purpose. My ultimate one being survival as a small business. This meant more photographs, descriptions, pricing, drop-down menus etc. – input, input, input. It becomes eternal.
My sister Lilly brought me coffee one day, and just like Diane, she has been with me almost every day. She is a hairdresser and has a keen eye for style. Our photographs turned out great. She is like millions in our country – her source of income came to a screeching halt. Yet she shows up almost every day, with coffee, to help. She is Seth’s mom. No wonder. We are closer than ever.
Howard owns Boyd Geyer Sign – boydsigncorp.com. He has been with us from day one. His business is down the street. Howard is one of our most reliable partners and friends. Over the years our evolvement required different signage. A quick phone call with him and viola the perfect sign arrives in days. You see, Howard is an artist at heart, so when you tell him what you need, he envisions it better than you. He is a caring and selfless person. I needed a sign to let folks know that we are now online. That’s him in the photo with our latest sign.
These are just a few friends and family who helped me. Yes we social distanced – made things much more difficult, but at six feet a lot can still get accomplished. My customers, vendors and sales reps provided invaluable feedback about the website. And hey we have started to sell a few things. I am so grateful for all the support. It was only a few weeks ago that despair reared its menacing head. Now my husband constantly reminds about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), keyword searches and blogging. All foreign concepts before the you know what hit the fan.
Simply put, without friends and family I could not have moved our business to a website in an effort to survive this crisis. They were selfless, carrying the same burdens and worries like everyone in our country. Their love and support kept me going and gave me the steadfast attitude that everything will be ok.
32 South State Street, Newtown, PA 18940 | 215-860-6800 | adornme-eco.com
Mars Fishcare facility in Chalfont, which ordinarily produces fish food and related products, has altered its operations to produce hand sanitizer. Two deliveries, totaling 2,400 16 oz spray bottles – close to 300 gallons – were delivered to Central Bucks Emergency Medical Services and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Public Health Preparedness. The hand sanitizer will be distributed to first responders and hospitals in Bucks County and across the state.
50 Hamilton St, Chalfont, PA 18914 | 215-822-8181 | apifishcare.com
Mr. D’s Tees
Mr. D’s Tees of Warminster, has added face masks, disposable and washable, and disposable gloves to their line of regular clothing.
331 York Rd., Warminster, PA 18974 | 215-441-5513 | www.mrdstees.com
The Law Firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP
The Law Firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP, Doylestown, has put together a Coronavirus legal updates page on their website which is available to their clients and referral sources to help them navigate all the new regulations, and benefits. It is a rapidly evolving environment, to say the least. Here is a summary which includes a link to that resource page.
The Coronavirus outbreak has impacted almost every part of daily life for individuals, families and businesses. AMM attorneys are monitoring legislative developments on the local, state and federal level as we continue to provide legal services. Please visit our Coronavirus resource page where we provide summaries, analysis and legislative updates regularly on topics related to this crisis in order to assist our business and individual clients to stay abreast of changes and events in the rapidly changing legal landscape. To contact an AMM attorney, call 215.230.7500 or email .
131 W. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 | 215-230-7500 x 132
Coronavirus Legal Updates: www.ammlaw.com/tag/coronavirus.html
44 Business Capital
44 Business Capital, of Blue Bell, has mobilized all employees to administer the Paycheck Protection Program exclusively to assist small business customers in this time of need. Their number one priority is to help small business owners get the financing available from the recent legislation.
As the program is evolving daily, they ask for your patience as they continue to accept and process the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses lessening the economic impact of this pandemic.
1787 Sentry Pkwy W #200, Blue Bell, PA 19422 | 215-985-4400 | www.44businesscapital.com
Gorski Engineering, Inc.
On March 23rd, Gorski Engineering, Inc., Collegeville, were informed that a garment manufacturer was going to lay off his entire workforce. They immediately contacted a group of the workers at home and asked if they could help them by making masks from their homes. They have continued to get masks every week and have donated them to first responders, healthcare workers and municipalities for four weeks now.
1 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426 | 610-489-9131 | www.gorskiengineering.com
Maid For You
Lisa Ciao of Maid For You, Warminster, has assisted in getting materials to help the Bucks County Medical Mask Project make masks for the healthcare professionals in the community. As a cleaning business, they are closed but was interviewed by the Bucks County Courier/Intellacorp about giving tips and tricks to stay safe at this time. They offer gift cards for purchase to gift to the front-liners for future use.
Contact Maid For You prior to re-opening your office for cleaning and disinfecting services. Return to a clean, safe environment.
Warminster, PA, 18974 | 215-370-7993 | themaidforyou.com
Nell Bowers, Licensed Psychologist
As a practicing licensed psychologist and member of the CISD team of Bucks County (under EMS), Nell Bowers, Doylestown, is trained and experienced in psychotherapy and crisis counseling.
With the increasing degrees of anxiety and depression resulting from the pandemic and subsequent quarantine, she is able to offer services on a HIPPA compliant web site.
Sessions are by appointment and may also be covered by health insurance or an EAP program
204 Farm Lane, Doylestown, PA 18901 | 215-348-3379
Blankie Tails, Bensalem, has been able to successfully bring in over 50,000 surgical and KN95 masks and distribute them directly to hospitals and frontline workers in NY, NJ and PA. “We feel privileged to be able to help those heroes keeping our community safe,” stated Hattie Grace Elliot.
1436 Wells Dr., Suite 2, Bensalem, PA 19020 | 800-715-9060 | blankietails.com